This week’s #PLAYfulpreschool theme focuses on the Earth. The theme is perfect for celebrating Earth Day, when teaching a space theme, or just because! Check out a sensory bin I put together that incorporates preschool math.
Are you following Fun-A-Day’s SPACE THEME Pinterest board?
preschool math for an Earth theme
Liquid watercolors (or food coloring)
Leftover plastic Easter eggs (green and blue)
Marbles (green and blue)
Plastic condiment cups
I already had blue rice from previous sensory play, like this weather bin. I didn’t have green, though, and I wanted the base of the sensory bin to be Earth colors. So I put some rice in a bag, added a few squirts of green liquid watercolor, shook it all up, and voila . . . green rice! I set it in a pan to dry for a little while before using it.
While the green rice was drying, I grabbed some leftover plastic Easter eggs. I tend to have a stash of these both at school and in my craft closet at home. Using a black permanent marker, I wrote the numbers 1 through 10 on individual eggs, both on the top half and the bottom half.
I used the same marker to write numbers 1 through 20 on some condiment cups that I have. I love how this Earth-themed bin includes some recyables!
I placed the blue and green rice as a base in a sensory basket. I have to admit that I attempted to make it look like water and land at first. But then I knocked into the basket and messed it up! 🙂 No biggie!
Next, the Easter eggs were added to the basket. I broke the pieces apart and placed them randomly in the bins.
I added marbles to the bin. In my mind, the marbles were indicative of little Earths since they’re spherical and blue/green!
The condiment cups were placed to the side of the bin.
Once everything’s set up, invite the kiddos over to explore the sensory bin and delve into some preschool math!
The children can use the eggs and condiment cups for scooping and pouring, along with their hands. The cups are great for filling and stacking, too!
The numbers on the eggs can be matched up and assembled. Take that a step further and have the children add the correct number of marbles inside each assembled egg. Illustrate addition by placing marbles into each side of the egg and combining them. Once all of the eggs are assembled, the kiddos can order them from 1 to 10.
Use the condiment cups to extend the counting and one-to-one correspondence up to 20 (or beyond)! Remove the odd number cups and just focus on the even numbers. Then have the children work on skip-counting by 2s up to 20.
Here are some early learning concepts touched on with this preschool math Earth Day bin:
- Counting (and skip counting)
- Number identification
- One-to-one correspondence
- Fine motor skills
More Earth-themed activities from the #PLAYfulpreschool crew